Gloria, a mom asks: I have a 15-year-old-son who is very bright, but just doesn't want to put any effort in studying or doing homework. I have tried to have him held back, but the schools won't do this because they see him as capable, just not willing to work. I've tried bribery, taking away privileges, grounding, but nothing seems to work. He refuses to take responsibility and wants to blame everyone else. Is homeschooling a good idea? I can't make him do what I don't know he is suppose to do in high school. I need good advice from someone who has had a similar situation.
Denise's thoughts: You sound like a mom who is trying very hard, but you feel like all you are doing is spinning your wheels. Many of us have been there. I suggest you get a counselor to talk to your son. Sometimes we are unable to see the problems our teens are having because we are too close to the situation. If you start by finding him some help, they will be able to help you make a plan and create some goals for your teen and take the guess work out of what you are trying to do.
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